Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Charleston Classic Basketball

Charleston Classic Basketball

In November, the Teachers of the Year from Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester were honored at halftime of the Long Beach State-Seton Hall basketball game of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena on the campus of The College of Charleston. We were each joined at half-court by our district's Superintendent and were cheered on by our families/friends and an enthusiastic crowd.
Thank you to Gildan and ESPN for a fun night!

SC Teacher of the Year Conference

SC Teacher of the Year Conference--Myrtle Beach--October 2015

Thank you to CERRA for an incredible professional development opportunity! I was able to meet the other District Teachers of the Year (TOYs) from around the state and engage with them in meaningful dialogue about education issues and solutions (and a little Limbo and Conga). 
The conference encouraged us to "Shift the Current" as we impact our schools, districts, and state as Teacher Leaders. National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples and SC Teacher of the Year Suzanne Koty, as well as State Superintendent Molly Spearman each spoke of the transformative power of teachers and shared personal stories and insights.

I had the added surprise of reuniting with one of my college teammates who is a TOY in Columbia!
College Teammates--Go Furman!

Beauty on the beach
Early morning walk
National and State TOYs
TOYs from Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teacher Cadets

On Oct. 1, 2015, I had the opportunity to speak at the Lowcountry Teacher Cadet Conference at The Citadel.

Teacher Cadet is a program started in South Carolina to "encourage academically talented, high-achieving, high school students . . . to consider teaching as a career" according to CERRA (the fantastic organization in our state that oversees the program, along with many other ones that benefit educators/education. There are Teacher Cadet programs in over 170 schools in our state. Recently, the program was awarded the 2015 Dick & Tunky Riley WhatWorkSC Award for Excellence.

Several area high schools brought their Teacher Cadet students, who heard from several speakers, including Suzanne Koty, 2015 SC Teacher of the Year. Suzanne's inspirational stories about her students and the connections she forms with them reminded us all that we "teach children, not Math or English (or Science, Social Studies, 2nd Grade . . . )."

In addition to Mrs. Koty, the other speakers that day were Ms. Virginia Bartels (Professionalism), LTC Hank Fuller (Financial Aid), and LTC John Powell (Admissions). A panel of Citadel cadets engaged in a Q & A with the students as well.

We were all treated to a delicious lunch, and then I had the chance to share with group before we all headed home in an effort to beat the historic flooding that was laying siege to our city and state. I thought for a while that Mini and Me were going to be trapped in downtown Charleston.

Friday, November 6, 2015

High Schools That Work

The High Schools That Work (HSTW) Conference was in Atlanta in 2015 and Mini (@minicharlestonand Me attended with several other folks from my school, Wando HS.

Wando's affiliation with HSTW began about 15 years ago when we looked for a school reform model--and HSTW helped transform our school organization, instruction, and culture.

I attended sessions on Standards-Based Grading, Promoting Your School, Engaging Digital Learners, and Google Apps.

Mark Wilson @MarkWilsonGA , the 2009 NASSP National HS Principal of the Year, was fantastic!

Google Summit

The 2nd conference that Mini (@minicharlestonand Me had a chance to attend was the Google Summit which was held at RB Stall HS in North Charleston.
Since my school is a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) school, this was a great opportunity to learn from experts in all things Google.

Google Classroom, You Tube, App Slams, and awesome Keynote Speakers made this one of the best professional development experiences of my career.

I even got to meet @crafty184 (who was excited about the 
Chick-Fil-A sweet tea)--I follow him on Twitter and have learned a TON from him! I utilize his CraftyText extention whenever I teach to enlarge info on my screen and several of my teachers now use his CraftyLevel extention to get a Flesch-Kincaid grade level for any web page.

Thanks to @CCSDEdTech for helping bring this event to the Charleston area!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Conferences--CES

Mini and Me had a chance to attend 3 conferences this summer and I learned a TON!
First, our own OTE folks organized the Charleston Educator Symposium (CES) which was held at the School of the Arts/Academic Magnet campus during the first week after school was out.
I was able to learn from experts in the education world--Ron Clark, Debbie Silver, Kevin Carroll, and the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb. In addition, some of the finest educators from Charleston County led sessions on Personalized Learning, Google Apps for Education, and much more.
I feel privileged to work in a county with this kind of world-class professional development opportunity!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mini and Me

I know that the grammar will not always be correct, but I'm going to use "Mini and Me" as the theme for most of my blog posts (because most of my visits will be made driving my AWESOME Mini).

Here is a picture of Mini:

I usually drive a mini VAN, so it is a real treat to drive this zippy, cool car for this year!